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Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
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Poole, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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“Fairly basic accommodation”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had a two bedroom villa, which gave us plenty of space, but overall, we felt the accommodation was pretty basic. The weather was warm, and there are lots of insects around, particularly sand flies, which give an unpleasant bite. We had air-conditioning, but it only operated in the lounge area, so the bedrooms remained muggy, and opening a window was not an attractive option because of the sand flies. Also, unlike other apartment style accommodation at similar prices, there was no dishwasher and only a communal launderette, at extra cost. Location is not ideal either, being 3 or 4 km out of town, so a taxi is required if you want to have a drink with dinner! Accommodation choice is limited in Franz Josef, but there is lots of room for improvement here, in what are quite expensive villas.

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Lustenau, Austria
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Situated approx 2km north from the center of Franz Josef Glacier village, right off the highway. Very quiet location, good for children. Stayed in one bedroom villa. Space sufficient, with the kitchen that was adequate for 1-2nights stay. Bed comfortable, in the room had a heater in case of cold spell. Service was very helpful, desk manager willing to come after cleaning hours to make our room (our baby slept during their work hours), adding requested pots and pans for our cooking. Very good TV reception and cable package. On the back of the villas you can find small playground for children and across the dirt road in front of the main entrance is a corral with farm animals that you can visit. We did but the goats were huge and scary:-)
The car is necessary to get to the village but other than that the place is perfect.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Dawlish, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

country location a few kms away from Franz Joseph village which actually adds to its attractions. a collection of very spacious eco properties with good views of the mountains although it was cloudy on our stay so we did not get the full benefit of its location. despite its proximity to the road, nice quiet location. we only stayed one night on our way from the train at Greymouth to Wannaka and with more time, would have liked to stay longer.

we enjoyed the alpacas, goats and chickens which gave a very friendly feel to the place.

Room Tip: ask for a room with mountain views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mentor
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79 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This will be an easy review because I don't have one negative thing to say about this place--it's all good. It's possible that some people may not like that it is located a bit too far from town to walk to restaurants and such, but we thought of this as a positive thing because the area was quiet and the views were beautiful. I especially liked the big roomy modern bath, and the refrigerator/freezer was larger and nicer than the average in most hotels. There was also a fold up clothes drying rack, which I made use of after washing a couple clothing items--I've never stayed anywhere that had a clothes drying rack so this pleased me very much. It was clean, we slept very well, shower had a good flow, spacious. Would definitely stay there again. The hosts were very nice.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Arrived on St. Valentine's Day,many thanks Sassa for "emergency" rose and milk!Stayed 5 nights,staff very friendly and helpful.Sassa booked our kayaking trip on Okarito Lagoon,wonderful seeing White Heron and Spoonbills in the wild.Great glacier views from villa number 3.Accomodation excellent,very well equipped,best we stayed at during 4 weeks in New Zealand.Very quiet and relaxing despite proximity to SH6.We would certainly recommend Glenfern Villas and hope to return in the future.

Room Tip: Good mountain/glacier views from no 3.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in February 2013. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the one bedroom villa was clean and well equipped. Whilst not far from Franz Joseph it's a fairly long walk along a busy road so we used the car more than we thought we would. A good place to stay when visiting the wonderful Franz Joseph.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Excellent place to stay

We stayed at the Glenfern Villas for three nights arriving on 8 March.

Glenfern Villas is situated a few minutes' drive (30 / 40 minute walk) from Franz Josef village.

We received a very professional and friendly welcome on arrival which set the tone for our stay.

We had booked a two bedroom apartment and were given Villa 1. This was situated away from the road, was very peaceful and quiet and had great views of the mountains.

The Villa was superb, modern and stylish, very clean, it was a real pleasure to stay there.
Downstairs was a large lounge and kitchen area, the main bedroom and wet room with toilet. Upstairs there were three single beds.

The Kitchen was very well equipped and had everything we needed to self cater; cooker with two ring hob, good size fridge and separate freezer, microwave, kettle, good range of pots, pans, crockery and utensils. We ate in on each of the three nights we were there. There is a well stocked 4 Square supermarket in Franz Josef village.

The lounge, had two settees and a TV, with Sky Movies, Sky sport 1, Disney, Discovery, CNN and TV 1 & 2. There was also a DVD - a good choice of films were available at reception no charge.

The main bedroom had a large comfortable queen bed, wardrobe and a cabinet on which to put our suitcases.

The wet room had a large excellent shower unit with glass screen, washbasin and toilet.

Outside was a nice garden with table and chairs where you could sit, read and admire the views of the snow capped mountains.

There was also excellent Wi Fi which was provided free.

With Glenfern Villas you get the best of both worlds, the peace and quiet of being out of Franz Josef but only two minutes drive from the restaurants and activities on offer in the village.

We had booked in for two nights but enjoyed it so much we stayed an extra night.

Room Tip: We stopped in Villa 1 a two bedroom unit. Excellent, plenty of room, stylish, modern really well eq...
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Property: Glenfern Villas Franz Josef
Address: State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7952, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Glenfern Villas Franz Josef 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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